Recovery |



From the ongoing series Bou by Tanvi Mishra, Puri, Orissa, February 2011, Digital


Recovery: Cure, Reconstruction, Rescue And Restoration

The early part of the 21st century has been dominated
 by acts of confrontation, resistance and resolution in the political, cultural as well as ecological sphere. Constantly in motion, these essential aspects of life go through cyclical processes whereby the manner in which we engage with difficult situations needs to be creatively and constructively approached. Hence, if we perceive this moment as one that is inspired by a surge of change, transformation and cultural evolution, we could consider that devastating circumstances that cause alterations in life are eventually followed by a time of healing and recovery….a time that is essential in order to move on.

This issue of PIX seeks to identify with the necessary recuperation period that takes place after one is confronted with an altercation, whether social, political, ecological or cultural. The gradual change that occurs in an individual’s or in family life in the aftermath of a drastically transformative event, also expresses the diverse ways in which people as well as spaces experience, and adjust to life, often expressing their adaptability. This might occur in their interactions with one another or the places they live or work in. How, then, can photography express this moment, this passage and growth from one state of being into another? Are changes always for the better? Or is there indeed ‘recovery’ at all? On the other hand, the idea of ‘recovery’, can also be interpreted as a form of an‘accumulation’, a gathering of what really matters at the end, and hence a percolation of life’s essential impulses that are navigated and often change course, ideally for the better, but at times quite unexpectedly otherwise.

At a thematic or pictorial level such an issue could address aspects of identity—change, even physical changes in architecture or landscape, through reportage or even conceptual ways of addressing this notion. It is left to the photographers interpretation given there is a legitimate reason provided.

Note: The issue will incorporate works from India and Japan primarily, with a portion dedicated to works from other S. Asian countries.

Last Date For Submissions: December 15, 2012.